At a gathering on May 31, 2017, the University of Ottawa marked the departure of three remarkable individuals who have served the University with distinction.
Mona Nemer will complete her term as vice-president, research, on June 30, after 11 years. President Jacques Frémont paid tribute to her “determination and vision” in championing the growth of research at uOttawa, especially the construction of the Advanced Research Complex and the STEM complex. “A tireless ambassador and advocate for research, you have opened the University to the world and forged valuable alliances in Europe, South America and Asia,” he said.
Frémont thanked Robert Giroux for his years of service as chair of the Board of Governors. “Since 2010, you have steered the board with a steady hand, guiding it through decision processes that have transformed the University and raised it to new heights,” he said. For her part, incoming board chair Kathryn Butler Malette noted that she is "especially indebted to Robert’s example of leadership, which I’m sure will serve as an inspiration for me, and for future chairs.”
Michel Laurier, former dean of the Faculty of Education, has completed an interim term as vice-president academic and provost. “You have piloted us in the right direction during a time of intense transition,” Frémont said. “You have been at the centre of many changes these past few years, including the transformation of graduate studies, strategic enrolment management, the evaluation of our services and aboriginal affairs governance issues.”
In offering a toast to these “outstanding builders,” former chancellor Huguette Labelle said, “It is my fervent hope that those who take up the flame from these three leaders will follow their example of complete dedication to the future of our great university.”